It clear that Kate Alcott wanted to write a book about the Titanic and about the survivors and controversy of the unsiknable ship sinking. This book fIt clear that Kate Alcott wanted to write a book about the Titanic and about the survivors and controversy of the unsiknable ship sinking. This book features actual people who existed in history and a dramatization of the crossing, sinking, and trials that followed.
The main character is very much the audience's view into the world, but has no personality of her own and exists to take the reader to where the author needs them to be and to shift the plot along by connection various people. While she is supposed to have ambition I never felt that until almost the very end. ...more
Sea Swept - The first of the Quinn Brothers and the firOmnibus/Collection: Sea Swept - 4/5 Rising Tides - 3.5/5 Inner Harbor - 3.5/5 Chesapeake Blue - 3/5
Sea Swept - The first of the Quinn Brothers and the first of the series, this was my favorite of the books. All the characters who follow are established well and because of this setup. Cameron is an engaging Hero and Anna a strong Heroine. Their mid story fight/misunderstanding is very believable, though the setup is a little too easy for the overall mother-figure stand in for Seth.
Rising Tides - You see glimpses of this love story in the preceding book. I sort of wish this had been done in parallel and then we'd have been treated to a double wedding but Ms. Roberts does not seem to enjoy writing weddings (I have yet to read one in any of her books). Ethan's backstory is painful and (view spoiler)[trigger warning: child rape (hide spoiler)]. I think Grace is a great character, but I find her strength and weakness at odds and only up when needed or not for the story to move along.
Inner Harbor - I liked Phil the least out of all the brothers, so I'm not surprised that I didn't enjoy his book very much. Sybil's past (view spoiler)[as Seth's Aunt (hide spoiler)] is just too much for believable as well as her gullibility stretched my limits. The (view spoiler)[jail scene (hide spoiler)] was just too much. I'm glad to have learned Seth's history and Ray Quinn's connection finally, but I wish that Sybilhad been a better heroine.
Chesapeake Blue - I had a hard time reconciling the Seth of this book to the 10 year old from the previous three. I also did not care for what the character did over the years. I really adored Dru and her character, but I just didn't feel this book was very strong. Seth's book was clearly demanded and then following this with Clare from Divine Evil the artist parallels Roberts used were very similar. I almost would recommend skipping the fourth book and leaving the reader's to write Seth's story for themselves.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Not one of Nora Roberts's best works. I've read a fair amount of the In Death series and this was just not to as high of a level.
The story was stillNot one of Nora Roberts's best works. I've read a fair amount of the In Death series and this was just not to as high of a level.
The story was still engaging and competent, but seemed called in. Having also just read the Chesapeake Bay Saga having a main Character named Cameron was confusing. Clare's Art Agent has very Eve like moments while being in the country and just seemed like a lot of reused lines from other books.
For those who don't like horror: This book has more violence, dark imagery and evilness in it than most Robert's/JD Robb books, or even romances in general. Trigger warning of Rape.
Additionally the Kindle edition is RIFE with punctuation errors and formatting issues. I had a hard time tracking conversations because of quotes being left out....more
Overall this book was uneven. There were parts that were wonderful and well crafted. There were others that were stilted or overly confusing.
Warning:Overall this book was uneven. There were parts that were wonderful and well crafted. There were others that were stilted or overly confusing.
Warning: Rather explicit sexual & masturbatory scenes, which were at odds with the other language.
The author was trying to capture a historical time, but with some modern sensibilities (normal) for the Hero & Heroine. The love story was at least more realistic than many romances in some ways, in terms of the recognition that people do not fall in love in a days span and people often married without love, hoping it would grow.
I adored the marriage night scene, if only because of how charmingly realistic it was....more
I wanted to make one comment about the last book in this collection. Survivor In Death was the last and I was prepared to hate it, given the romance tI wanted to make one comment about the last book in this collection. Survivor In Death was the last and I was prepared to hate it, given the romance tropes of what happens (view spoiler)[to childless couples in a Romance novel, and an orphaned child. I was so very pleased with how JD Robb handled this. It felt true to Dallas, true to Roake, and worked for me for Nixie. (hide spoiler)]
Eve continues to develop. I still adore the love between Eve & Roake. I love how it deepens, is challenged and is marital. I enjoy the developing relationship of Peaboy & McNab. I find the character development of Dr. Mira and her family very interesting. ["br"]>["br"]>...more
I finally gave in and read this. I'd been resisting due to its popularity and that of the movies, which I have not seen, because I've seen Blood RoyalI finally gave in and read this. I'd been resisting due to its popularity and that of the movies, which I have not seen, because I've seen Blood Royale (the Japanese version) and the whole children forced to murder each other for the sporting pleasure of viewers is a little rough for me to stomach.
I should have read it earlier and I'll be reading the rest of the series. I find the gender role reversals (Katniss being much more analytical, hunting, competent with weapons, less emotionally driven; Peeta being much more emotional, nurturing, romantic, in need of saving, camouflage, poison) very interesting. I wonder if the book would have done at all as well if that hadn't been there.
I'm not sure I buy the whole including Katniss in the Buffy/Herminoe/etc. SFF trifecta of kick-ass women, though she certainly can kick ass. Buffy, Herminoe, River, Kate Daniels, Rachel Morgan, Eve Dallas [just to name a few of the strong women] have some softening force to them. They are much more comfortable with their gender but ability to kick ass. Katniss.... seems borderline pyschopath. While she obviously loves her Sister Prim, I wonder if the conversation in the cave about the goat wasn't more accurate in terms of how she things.
Well done, compelling, but I am not sure that I especially root for Katniss. Of all the strong women I've encountered in fiction, she reminds me of Green [from [book:Green|6069970] by the late Jay Lake) the most. ...more
I think the best thing about this series is that it stars a happily married couple, who still has legit arguments and disagreements but loves each othI think the best thing about this series is that it stars a happily married couple, who still has legit arguments and disagreements but loves each other.
And a kick ass woman (or two, or three, or four) who is strong and awesome. ...more
I picked this up from my local library as I've been screaming through The Hollows series. Since I haven't read aThis a review of Ley-Line Drifter Only
I picked this up from my local library as I've been screaming through The Hollows series. Since I haven't read any of the other series, I don't plan on reading the other short stories.
Let me just say I love Jenks. I loved so much about the first part of the story. I loved the characterizations of Jenks & Matalina & Jumoke and the whole Pixy Clan. I loved Bis. The storyline? Did not like. The unresolved ending? Did not like. The totally unclear nature of the statues and who was the real bad guy? Did not like.
So, read it if you want sweet Jenks/Matalina moments, and one heartbreaking line, but the plot sucks Tink's Panties....more